Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 12

Thread: How do you go about marking your straight-line channels and grids?

  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    at the foot of the Ouichita Mountains, SE Oklahoma
    Posts
    215

    How do you go about marking your straight-line channels and grids?

    Question 1: I am about to mark my quilt top. One section, the pillow top, has a wide section that will be channeled using a V shape. The point of the V starts in the middle and fans out. My problem with is is that I don't have a ruler long enough. I have painter's tape to use, but since my ruler is short I don't know how to get it straight and not have a bow in it. Ideas?

    Question 2: There are 4 (20-inch) blank blocks that will have a motif that surrounds a large middle that is a grid. I'm guessing painters tape there too?

    Is there an easier way to do all of the above? I'm all about easier/quicker. LOL

    This is my first time to do either channels or grids and I'm curious as to how all of you handle such issues.

    Dray

  2. #2
    Super Member Quiltngolfer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Kentucky
    Posts
    2,167
    I always use painters tape. Can you line up several rulers?

  3. #3
    Power Poster
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    18,577
    If you have a large flat surface you can mark the beginning line and the end line in the seam allowance. Place the painter's tape edge on the bottom mark and stretch one long piece to the mark on the other side. The painter's tape pulled taut should act like a chalk line and be straight. You will have to fasten the quilt down so it doesn't move when you stretch the tape across the top. All subsequent lines can be marked from the first one?

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    in the sheepshed
    Posts
    346
    Blog Entries
    1
    Can you use a yardstick ?

  5. #5
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    at the foot of the Ouichita Mountains, SE Oklahoma
    Posts
    215
    Thanks...I don't have a yardstick...but I will stretch the tape and try that.

  6. #6
    Junior Member J.M.'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    the Netherlands
    Posts
    244
    Blog Entries
    2
    Do you mean that you put the painters tape on and then quilt alongside it, or that you use the tape a as a substitute for a ruler and mark the quilt alongside it?
    Live and let live.

  7. #7
    Super Member 117becca's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    dayton OH
    Posts
    1,428
    i have tried to use painters tape, and have been happy w/ shorter markings, but for longer stretches, you might consider looking for something firmer - piece of cardboard, the edge of a box.
    my name is becca and i'm a quilt-a-holic :-)

  8. #8
    Senior Member ThreadHead's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Org. Texas now Florida
    Posts
    662
    long twine, or thread you can see, yard stick,
    Syl

  9. #9
    Super Member MaryMo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Missouri
    Posts
    7,167
    Would you happen to have a long board or even a broomstick .... if the painter's tape doesn't work.
    Make it a scrappy happy day!

  10. #10
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    at the foot of the Ouichita Mountains, SE Oklahoma
    Posts
    215
    good idea about the broomstick or board. My husband builds so he may have a board I can use.

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.